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A sense of place in herp photos

Post by chrish » November 15th, 2010, 5:23 pm

I was looking at some of the shots on some recent FHF posts and started wondering what it takes to create a sense of place. So here's the challenge...find a photo that "says" a particular place.
It isn't just a herp-in-habitat shot, but one that anyone who looks at it (and knows the general part of the country/world) will say that it is a typical representative shot of that area.

Here's an example of what I mean. This shot just screams quiet South Texas farm road to me -

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Anybody else have shots that capture the essence of a specific region? (No cheating by including road signs, etc!)

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Re: A sense of place in herp photos

Post by MHollanders » November 15th, 2010, 7:10 pm

Chris,

I'm not completely sure if you also mean typical habitat for a species. For example, this shot pretty clearly screams petrified wood of northern Arizona.

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However, I think this is more what you're looking for. This is a shot of a typical Dutch canal with cultivated fields and planted trees in the background.

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Post by herpseeker1978 » November 15th, 2010, 7:14 pm

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Post by Antonsrkn » November 15th, 2010, 9:27 pm

Interesting idea, I have a few that I feel qualify.
Morelets Croc in Mexico, you can see some buildings in the background and perhaps a few people on here will even recognize them.
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Chris, I know you're familiar with the area, is this the type of shot you meant?

Green sea turtle in Hawaii, the black volcanic sand beach is the dead giveaway.
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And another one, i feel like this shows a typical rainforest scene with an eyelash viper. Perhaps looking at it one couldn't narrow it down to specifically Costa Rica but I'm sure one would know that it is from central America.
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Wish I hadn't screwed up my settings when photographing this.

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Post by Ross Padilla » November 16th, 2010, 12:32 am

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Re: A sense of place in herp photos

Post by Jason B » November 16th, 2010, 6:01 am

Cool post idea - I love these types of shots. Here's a few:

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western pond turtle in southern California stream

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eastern coachwhip in Florida scrub

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cottonmouth in Florida swamp

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Re: A sense of place in herp photos

Post by brick911 » November 17th, 2010, 6:03 am

This is probably gonna be an area I try to improve in and concentrate on next year. In the meantime, I'll see what I have. Cool topic, Chris!

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Post by chrish » November 17th, 2010, 2:23 pm

These are all great. You look at these shots and you understand where they were. Maybe not exactly where, but you know the general spot.
For some (like the croc), I know exactly where you were standing!

I think the goal is to find a "typical scene" for a particular area. It isn't about typical habitat for an animal so much as a shot of an area with a typical animal the way you would find it.

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Post by herpseeker1978 » November 17th, 2010, 4:25 pm

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Post by Mike Waters » November 20th, 2010, 12:02 pm

one of my most favorite places
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Post by MHollanders » November 20th, 2010, 3:11 pm

herpseeker1978 wrote:Image

Josh
Was that in situ? Awesome situation you have there...

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Post by aliceinwl » November 20th, 2010, 3:44 pm

A few of mine, I've posted these before, but not since the crash:

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Post by justinm » November 20th, 2010, 6:51 pm

Chris, this is an outstanding idea. I'm jealous of such amazing pics guys. I think I will make an attempt at this style on occasion now. To everyone these are very inspiring shots, keep them coming.

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Re: A sense of place in herp photos

Post by herpseeker1978 » November 20th, 2010, 7:39 pm

MHollanders wrote:
herpseeker1978 wrote:Image

Josh
Was that in situ? Awesome situation you have there...




Uhhh yeah of course that was in situ, "harassing" a snake in a national park is illegal. ;) ;) ;)

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Post by Jason Mintzer » November 22nd, 2010, 12:19 am

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Post by Tim Borski » November 23rd, 2010, 2:56 pm

Being endemic, these surely give sense of place.

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And then, there is a world famous road in south Florida that thousands have cruised after dark for herps.

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Post by Bill Love » November 23rd, 2010, 3:27 pm

Here's a favorite of mine (from the pre-crash era) of a recreated scene in southern Georgia. It was set-up with one of a pair of chain kings Lampropeltis getula getula found minutes earlier about 20 feet to the left of where this was taken. Three other DORs of the same species were seen that day within about 30 miles of this spot too....
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Hey, what is that crossing the road in the post above this one?

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Post by aliceinwl » November 23rd, 2010, 8:03 pm

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Post by Robert Hansen » November 23rd, 2010, 9:36 pm

[quote="aliceinwl"]A few of mine, I've posted these before, but not since the crash:

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I appreciate that these shots take a lot of work, and often just don't work. But this Uma shot is just exceptional. How did you light the scene?

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Post by aliceinwl » November 24th, 2010, 12:09 am

Thanks Bob! This was my first outing with a dSLR so I was pretty much "monkey see, monkey do" with my more experienced friends. To shoot the lizard, we waited until late afternoon when the light started to mellow and then took turns holding those reflective disks for one another to reflect more light onto the scene. I was also using a single on-camera flash for fill.
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Post by David Tobler » November 30th, 2010, 2:26 pm

Mike Waters wrote:one of my most favorite places
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I think that's Chucky Manson's house in the background.

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Post by Christopher » December 1st, 2010, 2:44 pm

Tim, that snake in t :thumb: he last shot is a real beauty.

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Post by J-Miz » December 1st, 2010, 2:55 pm

aliceinwl wrote:A few of mine, I've posted these before, but not since the crash:

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These three photos are all FANTASTIC. Thanks for sharing these :thumb:

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Post by Bryan Hamilton » December 13th, 2010, 10:41 am

I've posted this before:

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You all have some outstanding photography skills. I really like the Uma on sand dune photo.

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Re: A sense of place in herp photos

Post by Saunders » December 19th, 2010, 8:19 pm

This one right here to me very well portrays a Texas Hill Country creek.
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These two just shout Eastern Colorado plains to me.
Although this one is not a herp.
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This one is.
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This one also screams Texas Hill country creek.
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And I would say that this one shows a quiet Texas house..... but the Veiled Chameleon that we found just sorta ruins the mood.
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Post by MHollanders » December 19th, 2010, 9:06 pm

East Texas mixed woodland.

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Post by Nick Scobel » December 20th, 2010, 12:21 am

Cottonmouth on Snake Road
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Kingsnake at an abandoned barn in Illinois
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Blue Racer at an abandoned home site in Michigan
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Wood Turtle from Northern Michigan
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Eastern Massasauga from a grassland in southeast Michigan
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Eastern Box Turtle found along a powerline cut in western Michigan
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Northern Leopard Frog in a lakeside pool in Ontario
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Smooth Green Snake in alvar habitat in northern Ontario
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Re: A sense of place in herp photos

Post by Chris Ivins » January 17th, 2011, 4:44 pm

Tim were the Boa's at the deering estate? Am I missing something? Those are morphs...

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Post by Jason_Hood » May 19th, 2011, 7:26 pm

Only one that I have that screams a location, taken with a point and shoot... need to do it again with the DSLR

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Post by J-Miz » May 20th, 2011, 6:48 am

Awesome, Jason! I wish that thing was crawling when I visited a couple years back.

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Post by Erik Williams » May 20th, 2011, 9:07 am

looks familiar...
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Post by justinm » May 20th, 2011, 7:15 pm

Did you guys find a Milk there on the North Entrance of Levee Road? Was this staged? Doesn't matter those bluffs are unmistakeable but I've only seen red ears on that piece of road.

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Post by soulsurvivor » May 20th, 2011, 7:40 pm

This is the best I got......a broadheaded skink near the east coast of Florida:
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Second best......one of the many canals in the everglades area:
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Post by Erik Williams » May 20th, 2011, 10:05 pm

the shot was staged, but the snake was found right there AOR. I've found pretty much every large snake species on that road.

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Post by crocdoc » May 21st, 2011, 4:39 am

Do video stills count? Typical herper shot of Crotalus helleri on a lonely road in California. I like the flung open doors on the truck, the words "Snake! Snake!" still hanging in the air...
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A few frames later
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Red-bellied blacksnake Pseudechis porphyriacus by the chookhouse (henhouse)
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Eastern bearded dragon Pogona barbata looking for a place to lay eggs, roadside in NSW, Australia
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Probably not suitable for this thread, but I like the 'habitat' and that there's a pair in the photo (taken in situ). Fence lizards Sceloporus occidentalis on an actual fence.
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Same species, more natural habitat
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S. magister higher up the slopes.
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Stopping to stretch the legs in jump-up country, central Queensland, Australia. Lophognathus burnsi looking on.
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Chlamydosaurus kingii in typical habitat of skinny, charred trees and termite mounds in northeastern Queensland
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Varanus panoptes that didn't make it across the road quickly enough in the Northern Territory
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Healthier one in central Queensland. Typical central Queensland countryside, bar the water.
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Varanus varius in a picnic ground, NSW, Australia
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Same species on stone wall at a scenic lookout, Sydney, NSW
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Typical savannah on the island of Rinca, Indonesia, with one of the inhabitants.
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Close-up of above
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Post by StephenZozaya » May 26th, 2011, 1:11 am

I love the lacie on the lookout, Dave. That lookout is where I saw my very first goanna with you back in '08. I also like the shot of the Burn's dragon with the 4wd in the background. Good stuff.

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Post by Saunders » May 30th, 2011, 7:11 pm

Blotched watersnake (Nerodia erythrogaster transversa)
South/ Central Texas Creek, a tributary of the Guadalupe.
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Red Ear Slider, same area, dry creek bed.
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Ornate Tree Lizard, enchanted rock.
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RES, tributary of the Guadalupe.
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Texas Spiny Lizard, sense of place? It ran up my freaking pantleg.
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Post by justinm » May 30th, 2011, 8:00 pm

I just recently took this one, and thought it would fit. This is a Western Ribbon Snake.

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This is a "Shawnee King" from just outside of the Snake Road area.

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Post by mikemike » May 31st, 2011, 5:16 am

justinm wrote:I just recently took this one, and thought it would fit. This is a Western Ribbon Snake.

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If nothing else, that's a great habitat shot, Justin

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Post by Schell » June 6th, 2011, 6:38 pm

Crotaphytus insularis - Isla Angel de la Gurada, Baja California.

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Post by rtdunham » June 8th, 2011, 8:21 am

A sad one, but one I'm sure is familiar to all of us. (In this case, an Eastern Milk, Boone Co., KY)

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Post by DMong » June 8th, 2011, 12:37 pm

Some Black Racers (Coluber c. priapus) in steamy central east coast of Florida.

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one bolting away as he saw me.....

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another one cruising the fence line for some tasty brown anoles

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Post by Bill Love » June 13th, 2011, 1:19 pm

I really like Rob Schell's shot of Crotaphytus insularis . That's approaching perfection in the Grismeresque image style!

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Post by justin caaz » June 13th, 2011, 7:44 pm

my contribution......

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anyone else been here?

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I found this Painted Turtle digging a nest near this observation platform.

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